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AcousticMusicScene.com Hosts Showcases at NERFA Conference, Nov. 13-16

More than 800 performing artists, presenters, promoters, agents and managers, folk DJs and others actively engaged in contemporary and traditional folk music will converge on the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, New York, Nov. 13-16, 2014, for the 20th Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. AcousticMusicScene.com will again have a major presence as it hosts afternoon and late-night song swaps, in addition to its popular Midnight Hoot at the close of the conference’s first day. [To continue reading the article and see the AcousticMusicScene.com showcase schedule, click on the headline.]

Ensembles Sought for American Music Abroad Program

American bands and ensembles comprised of three to five members are invited to apply to participate in the American Music Abroad program for the 2015-2016 touring season. An international exchange program designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to the global music scene through musical performances and educational outreach, American Music Abroad is a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. [To continue reading this article, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of October 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of October 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Best Medicine, the Yep Roc Records debut by acoustic trio The Stray Birds, was the most-played album on folk radio during October 2014 according to charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. The CD’s title track reportedly tied with “Another Day,” the new single from high-energy Celtic folk group Burning Bridget Cleary, as the month’s most-played song. [The October 2014 FOLKDJ-L top albums and songs charts are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com. To view them , click on the headline.]

Kerrville New Folk Winners Perform Live Online, Nov. 4

The 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Winners will perform live online on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. CST. The special Blue Rock Sessions Live broadcast will emanate from Billy and Dodee Crockett’s Blue Rock Studios near Wimberley, Texas. Tickets for the high-quality studio production and HD video webcast use the “pay what you want” model with fan tipping. [To continue reading the article and see the link for watching the live broadcast online, click on the headline.]
Ralph Stanley Inducted Into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Ralph Stanley Inducted Into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Ralph Stanley, a leading exponent of traditional Appalachian music and a founding father of bluegrass, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences In Cambridge, Massachusetts on Oct. 11. Founded in 1780 to recognize America’s foremost “thinkers and doers,” the Academy counts more than 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize-winners among its members. [To continue reading the article, click on the headline.]

FAR-West, FARM Conferences Set for October

Two regional affiliates of Folk Alliance International -- an association that aims to foster and promote contemporary, traditional and multicultural folk music -- hold their annual conferences this month. Folk Alliance Region-West (FAR-West) convenes Oct. 16-19 in Oakland, California, while the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) Gathering is set for Oct. 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri. [To read the full article previewing these conferences -- including events that are open to the public -- click on the headline.]
Balsam Range is IBMA Entertainer of the Year

Balsam Range is IBMA Entertainer of the Year

Entertainer of The Year, the top honor in the 25th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards – presented Oct. 2 at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Arts – went to the Tar Heel State’s own Balsam Range. The acoustic quintet also was named Vocal Group of the Year, while member Buddy Melton was voted Male Vocalist of the Year. [To read the full article and see a listing of 2014 International Bluegrass Music Award winners, click on the headline.]
Top Albums & Songs of September 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums & Songs of September 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie was the most-played album on folk radio during September 2014 according to charts compiled by Richard Gillmann from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. The 37-track, two-CD set released by Compass Records features various artists paying homage to the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter who influenced and inspired them and who many regard as “the mother of folk.” It also was the top album in August. [Click on the headline to view the top albums and songs charts that are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com.]

2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards to be Presented, Oct. 2

The Boxcars top the list of nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 25th International Bluegrass Awards, with ten nominations for the band and its individual members. Awards in more than 20 categories will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts (Memorial Auditorium). [To continue read the full article, click on the headline.]
Ohio Folk DJ Norm Whitman Retires

Ohio Folk DJ Norm Whitman Retires

After more than 30 years as a folk DJ on WYSO, public radio for the Miami Valley from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Norm Whitman signed off following his show Detours on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 27. [To read the full article, click on the headline.]

Nominees Named for 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards

With a combined five nominations, 18-year old Quinn Bachand and his Victoria, British Columbia-based group Brishen are the top nominees vying for 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards to be presented during a gala event at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on Nov. 29. Fellow BC-based instrumental artists The Fretless and vocal group The High Bar Gang also received multiple nominations, as did Quebecois instrumental group MAZ and Manitoba-based singer-songwriter Del Barber. [To continue reading the article and see the complete list of nominees in 19 categories, click on the headline.]
Top Albums and Songs of August 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Top Albums and Songs of August 2014 (FOLKDJ-L)

Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie was the most-played album on folk radio during August 2014 according to charts compiled from radio playlists submitted to FOLKDJ-L, an electronic discussion group for DJs and others interested in all folk-based music on the radio. The 37-track, two-CD set released by Compass Records features various artists paying homage to the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter who influenced and inspired them and who many regard as “the mother of folk.” [Click on the headline to view the top albums and songs charts that are posted with permission on AcousticMusicScene.com.]